Museum Accountability in America: How Public Expectations Stimulate Fiscal and Ethical Transparency

By Katherine Groninger.

Published by The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum

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Continued legal and ethical breaches in accountability within nonprofit organizations, including museums, have put the industry at risk for losing the public trust. Museum managers in the United States continue to respond to public calls for fiscal and ethical transparency. This paper reports on the findings from current original research that investigates governance policy changes in American museums of varied types and sizes. The study demonstrates how American museum governance is changing to align more closely with traditionally accepted “best practice” business measures that reflect values and concerns held by museum stakeholders. Policies and procedures, including registering and evaluating board member conflicts of interest or establishing an independent audit committee, are recommended to prevent abuse of power delegated by stakeholders.

Keywords: Public Trust, Accountability, Best Practices, Management

International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp.125-136. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.878MB).

Dr Katherine Groninger

PhD Student, Museum & Gallery Studies, University of St Andrews, St Andrews, UK

Katherine Groninger is currently completing her PhD in Museum & Gallery Studies at the University of St Andrews, Scotland, where she is the Editor of the St Andrews Journal of Art History and Museum Studies. She has guest lectured at universities and museum conferences throughout the United States and Britain, has taught at Virginia Commonwealth University, and has most recently been employed by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.


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